Horner Believes Red Bull Have Been Treated Harshly By The Stewards In Jeddah – WTF1
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Horner Believes Red Bull Have Been Treated Harshly By The Stewards In Jeddah

At this rate, the 2021 F1 title will not be decided on track but settled in the stewards’ office (we’re really hoping this is not the case btw). After Max Verstappen picked up a five-second AND ten-second penalty for two separate incidents in Saudi Arabia, the whole thing has left a bitter taste in Christian Horner’s mouth.

Firstly, Verstappen was awarded a five-second penalty for leaving the track and gaining an advantage after running wide through Turn 1 whilst battling Lewis Hamilton for the race lead on Lap 37.

As a result, race control ordered Verstappen to give the place back, slowing down significantly into Turn 26. The sudden change in speed and the fact that Hamilton was unaware that his rival was letting him past saw the Brit make contact with the back of the Red Bull.

Verstappen was handed a ten-second penalty for causing the collision with the stewards noting the erratic 2.4G of deceleration and that the team attempted to give the place back “strategically”.

Speaking to Sky after the race, the Red Bull Team Principal felt that Verstappen had drawn the short end of the stick in the stewards’ decisions.

“I think we feel hard done by with the five-second penalty and then the incident where Lewis has driven up the back of Max,” Horner said.

“We informed race control we were going to give the place up, and he was trying to, lifted off, you can hear, Lewis has lifted off, and I don’t know whether he’s messing around for the DRS line. But it was clear that we were giving the place up. We informed race control that’s what we got to do.”

Regarding the earlier incident at Turn 1, he added: “Lewis has got overspeed there, they have both gone wide, they’ve both gone in hard, and I think this is one of the things that we’ve been going on about of ‘let them race’, Does that warrant a five-second penalty? For me, that was on the harsh side.”

Despite feeling harshly treated by the stewards, Horner was full of praise for Verstappen’s performance and never one to miss an opportunity, made a dig at his rivals for good measure.

“The first sector is the driver, and then the next two sectors are engine dominated, so anybody can drive easily down the straight bits. What Max was able to do, through the demands of sector one, was truly impressive.

“Again, his only chance of staying ahead. If you look at the difference in performance around the lap, it was remarkable what he was able to do.”

Oh, to be a fly on the wall when he found out Verstappen was given a 10-second penalty for braking erratically 👀

Did Verstappen deserve to be penalised for either incident? Let us know in the comments below.

8 thoughts on “Horner Believes Red Bull Have Been Treated Harshly By The Stewards In Jeddah

  • Winston Longtrotter says:

    Think he has a point that the overspeed of the other car has to be taken into account. Otherwise the other car is always the culprit, even when 2 cars or both over the limit for that specific turn.

    • You have to take what Horner says with a big pinch of salt, it’s his job to defend his team and his driver, even when they’re in the wrong. HAM was in control of his car, at no point did he lock up or lose grip, that’s because the car on the outside is on the racing line, so it can brake later than the one on the inside dirty line, VER tried to match that and he just sent the car down the inside sliding, out of control. If you look at the onboard, it’s more the case that HAM was about to make the corner, but he had to open the steering again after turn-in just to avoid colliding with the sliding Red Bull, and therefore ending up off-track.

      • But I should add that VER was also absolutely right in saying he didn’t get penalised for the same move in Brazil, so why is he getting penalised for this? Just terrible stewarding this season.

        • Winston Longtrotter says:

          Educating the drivers on rules of engagement should be over mid-season. That the FIA should have a sit down before the last race says enough.

  • Nigel Stronge says:

    What a Karen that Horner is…. Max should have had a race ban for causing the collision with Lewis!

  • William Glintborg says:

    I really don’t understand the FIA on this one. It was clearly a racing incident, like horner said, both Red Bull and Mercedes were told that Verstappen was to give back the position, Verstappen did as he was told and was then punished for it. I keep hearing people say that Max “should’ve pulled right”, but the exact same can be said for Lewis, he had all the time in the world to pull left and pass him.
    Mercedes failed to inform their driver that he was allowed past, that is the mistake.

    • Mercedes themselves was just getting informed by Masi as the incident occurred, so there’s no way they could’ve informed their driver any sooner. The sequence of communication from FIA was clearly out of order, and the stewarding has just been bad and inconsistent throughout the entire season really.

  • When Ver slowed to let Ham passed, Ham was on the RH side of Ver then suddenly turned left, with lack of skill he hit Ver. In an accident on the road its the fault of the driver behind. Ver was dudded.

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